Top Olympic official Patrick Hickey arrested

The 71-year-old is alleged to have passed on tickets for illicit resale at heavily inflated prices.

FILE: Aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Europe's top Olympic official Patrick Hickey of Ireland has been arrested by Brazilian police in connection with a probe into the illicit ticket sales for the Rio Games.

The 71-year-old was taken into custody in his hotel room and was said to be unwell after being arrested.



Hickey, who also heads up the Olympic Committee of Ireland, is alleged to have passed on tickets for illicit resale at heavily inflated prices.

Brazilian police say that he tried to avoid arrest by escaping into an adjacent hotel room being used by his son and took ill shortly afterwards.



His arrest comes in the wake of a Director of an authorised re-seller THG Sport of London, Kevin James Mallon, being arrested on the day of the opening ceremony for holding over 800 exclusive guest passes for illicit resale for up to nearly $8,000 each.